"Est Mori" was written and directed by Nicholas Werner, a Stanford student in film & media studies. He is also part of the How They Got Game group at the Stanford Humanities Laboratory.
This movie differs considerably from the vast scope and spectacle of "Potentior," as it is based virtually entirely on a single conversation before an impending battle. Yet with well over 15 minutes devoted to this single scene, it dwells on details and does not force the conclusion. As with "Potentior," Werner makes use of the Rome: Total War game engine. He is one of a very small number of machinima-makers to use a real-time strategy game for machinima production. -- Henry Lowood
From Nicholas Werner's website:
"September 20, 2006, 10:20 PM
Well, it sure took it's sweet time, but Est Mori is finally ready to be published. If you'd like to see it, head on over to the Downloads-Media section and check it out! I admit that this piece did not have a test audience (not for lack of effort, believe me), so I haven't quite put the FINISHED stamp on it yet. That said, I think it came out very well and thus I personally believed that it is finished. But if you see a "re-edited" version in the next few weeks, you'll know why.
Those looking for a spiritual (or even direct) sequel to Potentior won't find it here. Est Mori takes place in a completely different time with characters at the other end of the hierarchical food chain. But more importantly, this is not an action epic; this was intended to be a very contained, very personal character piece. It still managed to get itself to 20 minutes (don't ask me how, I just work here), but it is nonetheless a very different piece tonally and structurally from its predecessor. Personally, I like both. You judge for yourself.
In the midst of Hannibal's war against Rome, two Carthaginian captains find themselves acting as bait for the Roman army -- a maneuver they know will result in their own deaths. "Est Mori" chronicles the last conversation these two will ever have, as one bitterly rues his fate and the other defends his general. Neither, however, may be as sure of themselves as they seem...
[NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the audio quality varies throughout. Apologies for the inconvience.]
For those of you who enjoy my films, I might add that this will be my last one for a little while. I am by no means done for good, but doing two extremely difficult films on my own in a little under a year is not easy. So, I'll be taking a little respite, and fleeing the country (no, really). But I do intend to write quite a bit, so come back to the site now and again and check out the Essays section; it should be seeing a good deal more activity." -- Nicholas Werner
TITLE: Est Mori
CREATOR: Werner, Nicholas
GAME: Rome: Total War
GAME DEVELOPER: Creative Assembly
GAME ENGINE/MACHINIMA TOOL: Rome: Total War
RUN TIME: 19:58
PERFORMERS: Lawler, Dan; Daniel, Thomas; Lowood, Paul
COUNTRY: United States